BE A SUR­VIVOR

Sunday Sports - - SPORTS - — Dan Bil­icki

While there are a cou­ple of heavy favourites to choose from this week, this is also the time to po­ten­tially take a risk and use one of the league’s lesser teams with a good matchup.

For the first time since late 2008, the Chicago Bears are favoured over the Green Bay Packers — and with good rea­son. The Pack looked aw­ful against the Lions last week with Brett Hund­ley at QB and the Bears have proven to be quite the tough team at home this sea­son. Chicago is also well­rested, com­ing off a bye.

The Jets fly down to Tampa to play a QB they know quite well: Ryan Fitz­patrick. With Jameis Win­ston hurt and Mike Evans sus­pended, back­ing New York for this one should be a nice play.

Fi­nally, this might be the only time, now and in the fu­ture, that we’ll sug­gest tak­ing a win­less team this late in the sea­son. The 49ers are among the league’s worst at 0-9, but they aren’t the dump­ster fire that the vis­it­ing New York Gi­ants are. With mul­ti­ple re­ports that the Gi­ants have quit on coach Bob McA­doo, it’s hard to think that they’ll out­work the hosts.

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